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Funding for IT upgrades

Grants for websites, ecommerce and IT projects

Funding is available to help businesses upgrade their IT connectivity. The Government has launched a ‘Gigabit Voucher Scheme’, with up to £3,000 for firms in West Yorkshire Combined Authority area (which includes York).  The scheme is being delivered locally by Chamber member Exa Networks – more information, including terms and conditions and how to apply, available here. (NOTE: Those who

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Written on December 15, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Finance, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Members news, News, York

Economic Briefing – Yorkshire Building Society

Chamber members received the very latest economic forecasting from a most reliable source recently. Yorkshire Building Society’s head economist spoke at a joint Bradford Professionals’ Network/Property Forum event at this now annual event.  Andrew McPhillips, who is soon to take up a similar role with the newly-created Northern Powerhouse Partnership, predicted that interest rates could begin to rise as soon

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Written on September 27, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Finance, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Property, York

Bradford South MP conducts business survey

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Bradford South MP Judith Cummins is seeking the views of businesses in her constituency. The Chamber works with all the major political parties on behalf of our members and, as such, is encouraging participation from businesses in the following wards and/or postcodes: Great Horton, Queensbury, Royds, Tong, Wibsey, and Wyke – roughly (but not exactly) equating with BD4, 6, 7,

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Written on August 1, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Education, EU, Export, Finance, Infrastructure, Lobbying, Manufacturing, News, Skills, Transport

Economic Briefing – Friday 22 September

Bradford Property Forum and Bradford Professionals’ Network are once again to receive an economic briefing from Yorkshire Building Society’s Chief Economist, Andrew McPhillips.  See event details below, and book by clicking here. Businesses are getting on with what they do best, despite political and economic uncertainty, nationally and internationally.  However, the need for information and expert commentary to help you

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Written on July 28, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Economy, EU, Export, Finance, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Property, York

Technology funding available

A new scheme is offering up to £10,000 of funding to SMEs using digital technology to support business growth. The ‘Digital Enterprise’ scheme works by the company applying for digital growth vouchers which need match-funding from the business in equal value. The vouchers can be used to buy IT and telecoms hardware, software or upgrades to current digital connectivity.  Businesses

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Written on December 5, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Finance, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, News, York

Flexibility to meet finance demands

Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) are an alternative and responsible finance provider for businesses in Yorkshire and the North East. In the ever-changing world of business finance, BEF have had to be flexible to fulfil their clients’ needs. As a Delivery Partner for the Government’s Start Up Loans programme, BEF help businesses under 2 years old with loans from £500 to

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Written on June 8, 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Business support, Finance, News

Bacs upgrade to improve security

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In response to security risks, more advanced levels of internet security are being introduced that might have implications if you are using Bacs payments. From 13 June 2016, Bacs will withdraw support for older connection protocols and only support TLS 1.1 and 1.2. Firms using Bacs will need to have a web browser, operating system, and Bacs Approved Software Solution

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Written on May 24, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Finance, IT & Telecoms, News

Retail banking remedies: BCC comment

Commenting on the Competition & Markets Authority’s provisional decision on remedies (PDR) in the retail banking market, Dr Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses will welcome some of the CMA’s plans to boost competition in the retail banking market, notably measures that help firms compare the services available to them. The CMA’s endorsement

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Written on May 17, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Finance, News

UK online centres – funding to support businesses

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Better digital skills can save time and increase customers. Recognising this, Google has developed a package of online learning to help businesses improve their digital capability – the Google Digital Garage. So far the Google Digital Garage has helped thousands of businesses to do more with digital. But Tinder Foundation and Google are partnering to ensure the resources can reach

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Written on April 5, 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Finance, IT & Telecoms, News, Skills

Banking market report

Commenting on the CMA report setting out the preliminary findings of the competition regulator’s investigation of the SME business banking market, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses have waited a year for the CMA to undertake its investigation, and many will be disappointed with the results. The CMA’s preliminary report pulls many of its

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Written on October 27, 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Economy, Finance, Members news, News, News story 2